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In Search of Sustainable Democratic Governance for Africa: does democracy work for developing countries?

"The 2007 symposium built upon the fascinating policy debates that participants started during the inaugural symposium. The main purpose was to deepen the debate and to tease out relevant policy interventions. They focused on how best democratic ...

EISA Technical assessment team report Swaziland House of assembly election 19 September 2008

"This report sets forth the assessment of the EISA team to the Swaziland elections including the team’s observations and analysis of the electoral process from the pre-election phase and the polling phase to the tabulation and announcement of the ...

Consolidating Democratic Governance in Southern Africa : Lesotho

"The overall conclusion drawn from this study is that although gaps and deficits can still be identified – especially in the areas of equity in the distribution of national resources, greater commitment to gender equity and enhanced capacity for s...

Consolidating Democratic Governance in Southern Africa : Malawi

"This report analyses the functioning of a number of institutional building blocks for democracy in Malawi and assesses how stable and functional they are. The report does not delve into issues pertaining to ‘stateness’ and ‘nationhood’ although t...

Inter-Party Relations and Democracy in Botswana

"This report is a study on Botswana’s political parties and their relations. Specifically, it seeks to examine inter-party relations in order to assess the prospects for opposition party cooperation that could enhance competition for the governing...

Consolidating Democratic Governance in Southern Africa : Namibia

"The study argues that democracy in Namibia is underpinned by liberal precepts. Liberal democracy and its preoccupation with individual liberties is, however, insufficient in a developing context such as that of Namibia. Sustaining democracy in Na...

Democratic Consolidation and Political Parties in Lesotho

"This paper is an attempt to conceptually clarify the notion of democratic consolidation and assess the character of political parties in relation to their functioning and dynamics in Lesotho’s democratisation process and to make possible recomme...

Election Update 2006 South Africa No 1

Several authors have contributed towards this paper. The proceeding of the elections in each province were discussed. The subjects covered in the articles were mainly : Preparedness of the Election Management Body, Preparedness of Civil Society Or...

Summary Paper on Democratic Assistance

"This debate is started off with the examining of the causal relation between political aid and the transition to democracy in Africa. It systematically draws out other arguments on the issue of foreign assistance, democratization and elections. ...

Election Update 2005 Zimbabwe No 2

"This update covers the election preparation stage that includes analysis from constituency delimitation to setting of the election date. It also covers the voter registration, political party registration, candidate nomination, the campaign proce...

'The Thought is Father to the Deed' : Questioning the Administration of Elections in SADC

"Two variables shape Electoral Commissions’ health and the contribution they make to deepen democracy : the effectiveness with which they organize elections and help people to make informed choices (the active and responsible participation of ord...

Floor Crossing and its Political Consequences in South Africa

"This paper discusses the impact of floorcrossing on the party system and representative democracy in South Africa. It focuses specifically on the way in which floor-crossing affects the power balance among parties and in particular the level of...

Democratic Local Government Elections in South Africa: A Critical Review

"This paper discusses and provides historical and contemporary challenges confronting local government in South Africa against the backdrop of the 2006 elections. Following this introductory discussion, the next section outlines local government s...

Investigating Intra-Party Democracy in Lesotho: Focus on Basutoland Congress Party and Basotho National Party

"This paper looks at the role of political parties and the extent to which they have embraced and institutionalized internal democracy. Further more, the paper probes the extent to which parties then promote the consolidation of democracy."

Apathy, Fatigue or Boycott? An Analysis of the 2005 Zimbabwe Senate Elections

"This paper examines the meaning of elections and democracy in Zimbabwe and discusses whether apathy, fatigue or boycott can be used to explain the appalling voter turnout during the Senate elections. The paper also assesses the arguments for and ...

Engendering Democracy Through the Ballot Box in The Mauritius 2005 Elections

"This paper examines the causes of lack of advancement of women in decision-making in Mauritius by reviewing the literature on gender and democracy, the religious and cultural factors that might be the basis of women’s insubordination and uses th...

Governance Research Agenda: Towards a Democracy Assessment Framework for Southern Africa

"This paper discusses the utility of research methods in the governance field in the SADC region in particular. The main argument of the paper is that the methods are as good as the outcome of the research exercise. In a word, the poorer the metho...

Election Update 2006 Democratic Republic of Congo No 1

This election update provides an in-depth insight into the pre-election period. Subjects covered are among other, transition to democracy, peace process, history of elections, preparedness of the Electoral Management Body and Civil Society Organi...

The Dominant Party System: Challenges for South Africa's Second Decade of Democracy

" The paper begins by providing a conceptualisation, exploring the various theoretical arguments and debates surrounding the dominant party system and democracy. The following section then seeks to provide an understanding of the nature of the dom...

Political Parties and Governance in Zimbabwe

"This paper argues that the democratisation process in Zimbabwe has been halted by the inability of ZANU-PF to transform itself from a liberation political movement to a functional, democratic political party. The adherence of ZANU-PF to socialis...

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